As the transition period ends and the UK enters into the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU, the core responsibilities of the UK Statistics Authority will continue to be underpinned by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, which sets out our statutory duty to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good.
In this task we are guided by the UK Statistics Authority’s strategy, Statistics for the Public Good, which sets out how we will produce high quality data and analysis to inform the UK on social and economic matters, improve lives and build the future. Our statistics will continue to be produced to the high standards set out by our Code of Practice for Statistics, ensuring official UK statistics are trustworthy, quality assured, and meet society’s needs.
The UK statistical system will continue to produce and publish our wide range of economic and social statistics and analysis, including those statistics that will underpin the new trade and cooperation agreement. We will ensure decision makers continue to have the data they need, while informing the public of the impacts.
In line with our Code of Practice for Statistics, we will continue to engage with statistical users and the wider public to determine analytical needs, and to be open wherever there are changes to the collection, processing and dissemination of UK official statistics. Where our preparations have identified areas where the collection and dissemination of statistics will be affected by the conclusion of the transition period, we are communicating this to our users in releases.
Finally, as the UK’s position evolves in the wider international sphere, we will be guided by the Government Statistical Service’s international strategy, which sets out how we will continue to play an active role in the Global Statistical System, driving positive change in the world by working with our international partners and other national statistical institutes to produce high quality, internationally comparable statistics and data.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond